Tandem counselor and alum Monica Johnson (TFS '04) competes in strongwoman events on a national level and recently won her professional level debut event - the Iron Warrior Pro/Am in Huntington, Indiana. Monica came in first place in the heavyweight category - she's on the right in the photo.
Here are some of her impressive event stats - wow!:
- Max Axle press, 215 lbs - Car DL for reps in a minute, 18 - Keg Press 175 lbs reps in a minute, 3 in 30 seconds - 90 lb per hand farmers for 150 with 2 turns, 31 seconds - Max stone over bar, 285 lbs (so close to getting 302 over)
We were grateful for the generosity of alumni willing to share their time and wisdom with our current students on January 8. The College Panel is an annual event of almost 20 years that brings current alumni college students in to share wisdom and answer questions about their college experience with our Upper Schoolers (this year's was our first-ever virtual panel). Sometimes they share what it's like to go to college far from home. Some talk about college level sports. Some chose small schools and some are attending large universities. We even had our first medical school student this year. From what it's like to live in a dorm to how they made the leap from high school classes to college lectures, they have stories to tell about what life has been like for them after Tandem. Thanks to our wonderful alumni panel members: Gillian Gardiner (TFS '12), 2nd year at VCU School of Medicine; Eliza Gaston (TFS '16), sophomore at NYU; Noah Tinsley (TFS '18), junior at UVA; Julia Calland (TFS '18), junior at UVA; Maya Goldstein (TFS '19), sophomore at Rollins College; Charlie Kennedy (TFS '19), sophomore at U Colorado/Boulder; Dean Lockley (TFS' 20), freshman at Longwood University; and, Meridith Frazee (TFS '20), freshman at Sewanee: The University of the South.
We're proud to honor Tandem alum Eli Ratzlaff (TFS '16 ) for being named UVA's Public Service Volunteer of the Week. Eli graduated from UVA last spring with a degree in Political Philosophy, Policy & Law. While a UVA student, he volunteered for the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and Madison House. He continues to serve as an AmeriCorps Member at the IRC. Check out this great interview with a Tandem student who continues to let his life speak - here. Here's a photo of him working at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank with his family - Eli is on the left.